iPhone 5 Battery Life Reviews

Apple claims the iPhone 5 battery lasts longer than the iPhone 4S despite a larger display and power-hungry 4G LTE connection.

Now that the first iPhone 5 reviews are up, there are finally a good number of iPhone 5 battery life reviews to highlight how long we can expect the iPhone 5 to last.

The following iPhone 5 battery life reviews should answer the burning question, ” Will the iPhone 5 battery last all day?”

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iPhone 5 Battery Life Claims

iPhone 5 Battery Life Reviews

The iPhone 5 battery.


Apple doesn’t share the rating for the iPhone 5 battery, but it’s clear that the iPhone 5 battery takes up a large part of the thin and light device. Apple’s battery life claims are usually close to real world use.

The iPhone 5 should last as long as the iPhone 4S for talking, and longer than the iPhone 4S when it comes to browsing the web.

  • Talk time: Up to 8 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 225 hours
  • Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G
  • up to 8 hours on LTE
  • up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: Up to 10 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 40 hours

Here’s how Apple tests the iPhone 5 battery to come up with the battery life ratings.

iPhone 5 battery life is of particular note because there is no way to replace the battery when it runs down. We expect iPhone 5 battery cases, but most users will want to use the iPhone 5 without a battery pack case.

iPhone 5 battery life is also important because spare Lightning to USB cables are scarce.

iPhone 5 Battery Life Reviews

Based on the early iPhone 5 reviews, battery life looks promising, though we are looking forward to seeing more iPhone 5 units in the wild before proclaiming Apple’s battery claims on the mark.

Tim Stevens at Engadget


On our standard battery rundown test, in which we loop a video with LTE and WiFi enabled and social accounts pinging at regular intervals, the iPhone 5 managed a hugely impressive 11 hours and 15 minutes. That’s just 10 minutes shy of the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop

I use my iPhone 5 to make phone calls, iMessage, text, Web browsing, email, Twitter and generally keep up-to-date with what’s going on around the world. I unplugged my phone from the charger at 10:00 am, used it all day doing the things described above and then waited for it to run out of battery.

It wasn’t until about 7:00 am the next morning that it finally died. I didn’t watch any movies or intensive things like that, but I had Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on. Basically this was real-world usage testing for me. It was a normal day.

iPhone 5 battery life

The thinner iPhone 5 boasts long battery life.

John Gruber at Daring Fireball

Battery life seems good, exactly on par with my 4S.

David Pogue at The New York Times

In practical terms, you encounter fewer days when the battery dies by dinnertime — a frequent occurrence with 4G phones.

Walt MossBerg at All Things D

The iPhone 5’s battery lasted between 9 and 12 hours every day, in mixed use. For most people, the phone would last the day without recharging.

MG Siegler at Techcrunch

While it’s hard to judge against a year-old iPhone 4S, the battery seems to be a bit better than it was a year ago (though there were some iOS issues as well). Apple claims 8 hours of 3G and LTE usage, and that seems about right.

Luke Peters at T3

In our testing, real-world battery life doesn’t seem to have changed much since the iPhone 4S, which could be seen as a good thing considering the iPhone 5 is a more advanced product, but you’ll still need to charge it every night to give you enough juice for the next day.

You can watch a couple of films on a flight or listen to hours and hours of music on one charge, but talking and 3G surfing take a heavier toll, and 4G connectivity could be even more of a drain.

Overall it looks like the iPhone 5 will last a full day of use for most users. Heavy users may need to plug-in, especially if they rely on 4G LTE throughout the day. For these users, an iPhone 5 Mophie Juice Pack is high on the wishlist.